Ten things to do for $10 or less

How much fun can you have for $10 these days? Quite a lot if you know where to go. From catching an art-house flick to enjoying a crafty cocktail, here’s the lowdown on the loose-change high life.

1. Mid-week margaritas at Hello José, espresso martini happy hour at Melbourne Public and free trivia Wednesdays at Hightail.

You’ll feel sophisticated at op-shop prices with a $10 cocktail in hand. Try midweek margaritas at Hello José, or an espresso martini at Melbourne Public during their extra-long 4-7pm weekday happy hour. Head to Hightail in Docklands on a Wednesday night for free trivia and $9 pints and sparkling Chandon. While you’re waterside drop into Renzo’s for a $7 negroni, spritz, Bellini or Americano from 4-6pm. And if you’re pulling an all-nighter, grab yourself a delicious $8 toastie from Loch & Key – open every weekday until 5am and weekends until 7am.

cheap toastie

Loch & Key $8 all-nighter toasties

2. Cheap movie nights at Cinema Nova and Kino

Going to the movies is pricey – unless you time it right. On Mondays, tickets are $7 before 4pm and $10 after at Cinema Nova, and $9.50 all day at Kino Cinema. Sit back, relax, and enjoy millions of dollars in movie-making for peanuts.

3. Spend Friday night with a human jukebox

A cosy temple to all things camp and kitsch, the Butterfly Club features a revolving door of cabaret, comedy, burlesque and more. Head in at the end of the work week after 10.30pm for Fab Friday, where their legendary piano man plays your favourite songs by request. Entry is free, so bring a song to sing or just enjoy the awesome performance.

4. Explore the city for free

If you enjoy a guided tour, there are plenty of free tours offered around Melbourne which take in the city’s finest architecture, famous landmarks and more. Head to Seven free tours of Melbourne icons for the low down, from guided explorations of city laneways and street art through the Melbourne Free Walking Tour to a Gardens Discovery Tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

5. Dance like nobody’s watching

Feel like expressing yourself through your best dance moves but too scared of the potential judgement? No Lights No Lycra is the dance class for you. Shake the past week’s stresses off every Monday in South Yarra from 7:00pm to 8:00pm, and experience the pure joy of dancing in a judge-free, friendly and vibrant environment.

6. Dance like nobody’s listening

Put your headphones on and switch the world off every Wednesday with the Night Market’s iconic silent disco party. Load up on raclette and mulled wine before you let loose with a legion of market goers, led by the one and only Guru Dudu. These fun times can be enjoyed by all for just $5.

7. Visit Asia on your lunch break

Dumplings enthusiasts, gather ’round! Drumplings‘ has a heap of menu items that will leave you with change from a tenner. Try the prawn and chive dumplings, take in a juicy bao burger, or skip straight to the sweet note with nutella filled parcels.


Tantalise your taste buds with Drumplings’ cheap options

If Thai is more your thing, head to Soi 38 to try one of their delicious Bangkok noodle soups for $10. Their location is also a talking point – they’re hidden away in the ground floor of a carpark.

Keen for more Thai food in a fun location? Dodee Paidang has both laneway and underground real estate, and their giant bowls of authentic noodle soup will only set you back about $7.50. Or blow out the budget for a big plate of crispy pork belly, rice and vegetables for $9.90.

On the look out for Melbourne’s best $10 or less lunch? We’ve got some more favourites in Ten CBD lunches for under $10.

A bird's eye view of a blue and white plate, with meat skewers on one side and a bowl of satay sauce on the other.

Dodee Paidang

8. Beer paddle at Hophaus

If you’re more of a beer kind of guy or gal, the tasting paddle at Hophaus is always $10. Choose four beers from the nine on tap and ponder a trip to Bavaria.

9. Coffee Cupping in Kensington

In a coffee mood? Rumble Coffee Roasters offers cupping sessions on Friday afternoons for a gold coin donation. Non-profit charity Grounds for Change gets the cash, while you learn about the body, sweetness, acidity and flavour of everyone’s favourite bean.

10. All-you-can-eat Indian at Om Vegetarian

Love Indian? Om Vegetarian offer delicious, healthy and super-filling, all-you-can-eat vegetarian meals for $6.50. Enjoy an Indian feast of vegetarian curries, dhal, rice and naan bread.  There’s also a vegan option available upon request. Om has four locations including Capitol Arcade, Collins Street, Elizabeth Street and Spencer Street, West Melbourne.

A selection of curries, dahl, lentils and rice on a table.

Om Vegetarian